University Channel

We are subscribers to the UChannel (also known as the University Channel), which makes videos of academic lectures and events from all over the world available to the public. The UChannel project is an initiative of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is leading the effort to build university membership and distribution partners. Every now and then we receive a list of the latest programming available, and we can download the programs in broadcast-ready format from the server at Princeton. Currently we run one program per week, repeating it four times. In March, once we stop the Deliberative replays, I hope to start running two new episodes per week, perhaps with fewer repeats.

Here are the latest programs available. Feedback on which ones would be of interest is welcome.

Title: Counterterrorism—The British Approach
Speaker: Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the U.S.
Location: Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date: Oct 29, 2008.
Title: International News Coverage in a New Media World: The Decline of the Foreign Correspondent and the Rise of the Citizen Journalist
– D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, Broadcasting Board of Governors
– Moderator: Steve Roberts, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
– Panelists:
– Loren Jenkins, Foreign Editor, National Public Radio
– Sherry Ricchiardi, Senior Writer, American Journalism Review and Professor, Indiana University School of Journalism
– Patrick Meier, Research Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
– Bob Dietz, Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Location: George Washington University
Date: Dec 10, 2008
Title: Human Rights: An Analysis of Saudi Arabia and the Impact of Islam
Speaker: Anthony Bonanno, LL.M., Partner London Office Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Metzger-Conway Fellow
Location: Dickinson College, Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues
Date: Nov 24, 2008

More: Using Saudi Arabia as a case study, this talk will explore human rights in the Middle East from the perspective of the Muslim world and Sharia law. Particular attention will be paid to capital punishment, sexism, homophobia, immigration, divorce and inheritance.

Topical Background
Saudi Arabia is ruled by the Saudi royal family within a framework that is based on sharia law. Sharia law, in turn, is derived from the Qur’an, other religious texts of Islam, interpretations and precedents. Elements of sharia law, in some ways, stand in opposition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The practice of sharia law in Saudi Arabia has witnessed the oppression of minority groups, including religious and sexual minorities. In particular, women’s rights are often a point of contention because of the extent to which gender-based discrimination pervades Saudi society. These problems and concerns reappear in many other countries of the Middle East.

About the Speaker
Anthony Bonanno ’68 is a U.S. partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His area of concentration – international taxation – has focused on many areas but especially the structuring of business activities throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States and taxation of U.S. businesses and individuals abroad. Mr. Bonanno primarily advises Middle Eastern clients on their worldwide investments, including Islamic Arab financial institutions.

Mr. Bonanno has also spent time in Washington D.C., as an adjunct Professor of Law in International Taxation at Georgetown University Law School, and he currently teaches International Tax at Notre Dame University Law School’s London Branch. Mr. Bonanno graduated from Dickinson in 1968 and is returning to Dickinson as the Metzger Conway fellow.
More: Experts examine the dramatic shift of traditional media away from foreign reporting and the growth of Web-based citizen journalists and the effect on coverage of international news and human rights issues.
Title: The Empire Strikes Back: American and European Responses to a Resurgent Russia
Speaker: Jacques Rupnik, Harvard University and CERI-Sciences-Po
Location: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date: Nov 3, 2008
Title: Finding a Way Forward: Options for Ending the Conflict in Eastern DRC
Speaker: Phil Oldham, Mercy Corps
Location: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date: Nov 4, 2008
Title: Projects for Peace Presentations
An International Studies Colloquium presentation by Middlebury College students who were awarded funding from either the Kathryn Davis Wasserman 100 Projects for Peace Foundation, or from Alliance for Civic Engagement and other college offices.
Location: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date: Nov 7, 2008
Title: Population Aging and Pension Reforms in Europe: What is the Role of the European Union in Meeting the Challenge?
Speaker: Heikki Oksanen, European Commission, Directorate General for the Economic and Financial Affairs, Brussels, Belgium
Location: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date: Nov 14, 2008
Title: Big Powers/Small Conflicts – The U.S. in the Sir Lanka Peace Process
Speaker: Jeffrey Lunstead, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, 2003-2006
Location: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date: Nov 21, 2008
Title: Jean-Pierre Jouyet on The European Union and the United States
Jean-Pierre Jouyet, France`s Minister of State in charge of European Affairs
(Sep 29, 2008 at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA))
Title: Politics of Policy Making on NYC Workforce Development Case Study
Speaker: SIPA presents a case study of NYC workforce development with Prof. Ester Fuchs and Robert Walsh
Location: Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date: Nov 6, 2008.
Title: China`s Sex Ratio Imbalance and its Implications for the Domestic and Global Economies
Speaker: Shang-Jin Wei, N. T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy at SIPA and the Columbia Business School.
Location: Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date: Nov 6, 2008
Title: Transforming Mexico City—Creating a City for the 21st Century
Speaker: The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) presents the first lecture in the SIPA Mayors’ Speaker Series with Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City, speaking on “Transforming Mexico City: Creating a City for the 21st Century.” This was co-sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Urban Policy Concentration.
Location: Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date: Nov 17, 2008.
Inauguration panel, featuring Woodrow Wilson School professors Nolan McCarty, James Leach, and Brandice Canes-Wrone, held just before Obama was inaugurated in Washington today. It’s short! (22 mins)
Reflections on the World Economy
Speaker: Paul Volcker, Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Group of Thirty
Location: National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Date: Oct 14, 2008
Title: No End in Sight? The Gaza Crisis and Its Consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
– Daniel Kurtzer, the S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt;
– Carl Brown, the Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs Emeritus;
– Amaney Jamal, assistant professor of politics
– Uriel Abulof, postdoctoral research fellow in the Wilson School’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.
Moderated by Robert Finn, a senior research associate in the Liechtenstein Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan
Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Jan 22, 2009
Title: Climate Change Policy in the Obama Administration: Prospects and Challenges
Speaker: David Goldston, Bipartisan Policy Center
Location: Princeton University
Date: Nov 20, 2008
Title: The Politics of Food: A conference on New York`s Next Policy Challenge
Pt 1 – Welcome : Lee C. Bollinger, President Columbia University
Pt 2 – Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President
Pt 3 – Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President, United Nations General Assembly
Pt 4 – Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Pt 5 – Maya Wiley, Esq., Director, Center for Social Inclusion
Pt 6 – Thomas Forster, New School Food Studies Program Faculty
Pt 7 – Panel Discussion Moderator: Esther Fuchs
Location: Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date: Nov 19, 2008
SIPA and the Manhattan Borough President jointly presented “The Politics of Food,” a conference focusing on one of New York City’s biggest policy challenges: delivering wholesome, quality food in a timely manner to those who need it. The conference addressed issues such as energy, sustainability, affordability, public health, jobs, neighborhood preservation, and globalization.


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